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Welcome to VSAConnect

Welcome to VSAConnect, the alumni association for returned volunteers and accompanying partners. Content here (see tabs above) includes:

  • Returning home: what to expect on coming home to New Zealand, and how to deal with it.
  • Stay connected: how to stay in touch with other volunteers, VSA and your country of assignment (register here to access the two restricted parts of this section).
  • Alumni news: stories and events, with the latest news below. Email us to subscribe to the bi-monthly E-nius.
  • About: the people behind VSAConnect, contact details, and how to access the member-only areas of this site.

 

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Former volunteer to walk 3200 km for PNG women's refuge

Published on 16th August 2017


Former volunteer to walk 3200 km for PNG women's refuge

On the morning of Saturday, 19 August, former volunteer Finn Egan takes the first step from Cape Reinga to walk the length of New Zealand to raise funds for a woman’s refuge in Kokopo, PNG. Read More

Sam Mehrtens to talk in Dunedin on PNG research

Published on 10th August 2017


Sam Mehrtens to talk in Dunedin on PNG research

Sam Mehrtens will talk about his masters research in Papua New Guinea at the next meeting of the Otago VSA branch on Sunday 1 October. Read More

VSA among NGOs urging MPs to act on climate change

Published on 9th August 2017


VSA among NGOs urging MPs to act on climate change

Alarmed by what they see through their work in the Pacific, 14 NGOs are jointly urging all political parties to agree on action against climate change. Read More

Timor returnee to speak at Top of South meeting 29 August

Published on 3rd August 2017


Timor returnee to speak at Top of South meeting 29 August

Guest speaker Marjorie van Gessel and a potluck dinner at Top of the South VSA meeting on 29 August. Read More

Manawatu VSA Quiz Night 19 August

Published on 3rd August 2017


Manawatu VSA Quiz Night 19 August

Manawatu's VSA branch and Engineers Without Borders are hosting a quiz night on Saturday 19 August. Read More

RNZ to broadcast Helen Clark, Gill Greer conversation

Published on 1st August 2017


RNZ to broadcast Helen Clark, Gill Greer conversation

During August Radio NZ will broadcast their recording of a conversation between former PM and head of the UN Development agency, Helen Clark, and VSA chief executive Gill Greer. Read More

Fair Trade events in Auckland and Wellington

Published on 25th July 2017


Fair Trade events in Auckland and Wellington

Fair Trade Fortnight will be marked in several New Zealand centres from 4-17 August 2017. Read More

Regional Council seeks Emergency Management Advisor

Published on 20th July 2017


Regional Council seeks Emergency Management Advisor

The Greater Wellington Regional Council is looking to fill a position that sounds tailor made for a returned volunteer. Read More

School leavers' adventure in Sarawak attracted PM's attention

Published on 13th July 2017


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School leavers' adventure in Sarawak attracted PM's attention

A trip to Sarawak in 1962 by school-leaver volunteers Doug Johnston and John Baird featured in local newspapers and caught the eye of then Prime Minister Keith Holyoake. Read More

Colourful memoir on Solomons' challenges

Published on 28th June 2017


Colourful memoir on Solomons' challenges

Retired school principal, Laurie Williams, has captured well the challenges of an education assignment in the Solomons. Read More

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